Recently, students in seventh grade used what they have learned about genetics and biological inheritance to create fictional alien families. They used Punnett squares to create genotypes and correlating phenotypes for each alien. A Punnett square is a diagram that is used to predict an outcome of a particular cross or breeding experiment. The diagram is used by biologists to determine the probability of an offspring having a particular genotype.
Students tracked the passing of genetic traits with a pedigree and created back stories for their alien families.
They enjoyed applying science to a subject they were all very interested in learning about . . . aliens!